June 2018 Trail Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Alliance

Chippewa Moraine Chapter

Ice Age Trail Dispatch

June 2018

Celebrate National Trails Day At A Hike on Saturday, June 2

Join us as we celebrate National Trails Day with a special hike on Saturday, June 2. We’ll meet at the Obey Interpretive Center near New Auburn at 9 AM and plan to explore a section of Ice Age Trail that calls out for a visit at this time of year. Usually about 3 hours in duration, the hike will be around 4 miles, subject to the preferences of the group. Hikemeister JoAnn Parks will tailor the hike to make it enjoyable for everyone. It’s tick and mosquito season, so come prepared, and bring water and a snack. At this time of year it is best to plan for an unexpected shower as well. Registration is not required for this event, but if you plan to come, let us know anyway.

RSVP for Trails Day Hike - June 2

Cookie Monster Strikes Again At Harwood Lakes MSC Project 

We’re grateful for the good response from IATA volunteers who are coming to help with the June 6-9 Harwood Lakes MSC Project, but to keep them happy and productive we need to create a haystack of cookies. If you can help in the Mudbrook Cookie Challenge, we’d appreciate a couple dozen of your best creations (sturdy is good). If you can help, please press the yellow bar and let us know how many cookies you’ll provide, and where you will bring them. They can be brought to the project kitchen at the Old Girl Scout Camp near the Obey Center if you’re coming to the MSC project, or you can take them to Jerry Sazama’s home in Chippewa Falls. (No deliveries on Friday-Sunday, June 1-3, though.) If you want to take them to Jerry’s the best thing is to call him —  (715) 723-6955 — and arrange your drop off. If you have questions or wish to make other arrangements, please call Pat McKearn, (715) 967-2164.

I'll Make Cookies!

Regular Chapter Trail Improvement Day Is Saturday, June 16

The MSC Volunteers will be a recent memory, and there will be other trail challenges to tackle at our June Trail Improvement Day on Saturday, June 16. Meet at 9 AM at the Obey Interpretive Center and we’ll proceed to our project area from there. We’ll have a tailgate party at the conclusion, but bring your own water, a snack for mid-morning, and the usual bug repellent and work gloves. Long pants and socks are important to keep ticks at bay. Please register by clicking on the yellow bar below.

Register for June 16 Trail Improvement Day

Harwood Lakes MSC Project, June 6-9

A full slate of volunteers have pre-registered for the Harwood Lakes MSC on June 6-9, but if you wish to show up to work a day without having pre-registered, there will always be a place for you. Go to the Deer Fly Trail IAT crossing for sign-in and directions. If you have questions, call Jerry Sazama at (715) 723-6955 or (715) 828-2587 (mobile services are extremely limited during the project, however).

Short Detour Between Deer Fly Trail and County Hwy E

In order to keep hikers safe and out of an area of intensive logging, Chippewa County has closed a 0.27 mile section of IAT midway between Deer Fly Trail and County Hwy E. To bridge that gap, a relatively rough route has been brushed and flagged around the work area. This area will be improved in the coming weeks and is already open to hikers. If you will be using this section, please pay special attention to the flags and carefully watch your footing along the way. The section begins 1.5 miles west of County Hwy. E and 1.6 miles east of Deer Fly Trail.

Did You Vote Today? Yesterday? Help IATA Win $5000!

Did you vote yet today? Remember to vote for your favorite trail and help IATA win! It’s the Gear Junkie’s “Fastest Known Time” contest. One of nine “Iconic Trails” will win $5000, and all will win something. You can win something, too (a guided hike, a pair of trail shoes). Vote early and often — daily if you wish. Voting ENDS on Thursday, May 31, at 7 PM.

Vote Now!

Coming Up In July: Chapter Potluck and Meeting at Obey Center

Mark your calendars for upcoming events in June: 

Chapter Potluck and Meeting, Meet at Obey Interpretive Center at 6 PM.

Where to Find IATA and Chapter Event Information

The go-to place to find current information about all our chapter events and IATA events everywhere is the calendar at the IATA website, www.iceagetrail.org. The Calendar link is in the menu, or bookmark www.iceagetrail.org/events/. To find our chapter-specific events, either choose Chippewa Moraine from the dropdown menu under Event Category and click the “Find Events” button, or just bookmark this yellow button: 

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Events

See you on the trail,

Richard Smith

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Chair


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